Road Trip Destination: Presidential Libraries!

January 29, 2020


If you are especially patriotic or you enjoy American history, then a road trip that includes presidential libraries may interest you and with President’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect time of year!

Presidential libraries are like museums honoring a president who was born in that particular state or city or who served in the senate there. These libraries honor those presidents and contain historical documents, papers, records and collections of each president since Herbert Hoover (1929-1933). The libraries are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Presidential libraries in the Southwest and Southern Midwest region include George W. Bush in Dallas, TX, George Bush in College Station, TX, Lyndon B. Johnson in Austin, TX, Dwight D. Eisenhower in Abilene, KS, Harry Truman in Independence, MO and Bill Clinton in Little Rock, AR.

A must-see library for nature lovers is the Lyndon B. Johnson in Austin. LBJ established the Wilderness Act in 1964, immediately protecting nine million acres of wilderness. Currently, 109.5 million acres or 5% of the U.S. are federally owned for preservation. Enjoy your trip to Austin by visiting nearby Sam Houston National Forest or one of several state parks located within Austin. Enjoy the park and the Texas sunshine in your Magnitude® Super C with outdoorsy features like:

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Presidential libraries in the Northern Midwest region include Herbert Hoover in West Branch, IA, Barack Obama in Hoffman Estates, IL, and Gerald Ford library and museum in Grand Rapids, MI.

An interesting fact to know: Gerald Ford was not related to Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company; however, they had some things in common. For example, they were both from Michigan, and Henry Ford dabbled in politics when he ran for the state senate. While he was defeated, his legacy lives on in many automobiles and RVs built today, such as the Four Winds® Class C that is built on a Ford® E-Series chassis. Some other interesting features include:

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Presidential libraries located on the East Coast and West Coast include Richard Nixon in Yorba Linda, CA, Ronald Reagan in Simi Valley, CA, John F. Kennedy in Boston, MA, Jimmy Carter in Atlanta, GA and Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, New York.

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*There are also several libraries outside of the NARA system as well as presidential sites that do not contain a library.

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